Factors that are important to useCPAP machine to succeed In addition to selecting the device that is suitable for you Another equally important factor is choosing the right type of mask.
Respirator masks are available in many different versions. Sometimes it is difficult to find the type of mask that best suits us. If you want to know how many types of CPAP masks there are and how they differ from each other. I recommend watching the video below first.
How to choose a CPAP mask
NK Sleep Care Co., Ltd. has many years of experience in consulting on the use of CPAP machines and the selection of each type of respirator mask. which I recommend a simple way In choosing a mask to suit you as follows
1. Choose a nose mask first.
If we can breathe through our nose normally Or especially those who are starting to use a CPAP machine for the first time, I recommend it as a A mask that covers only the nose or Nasal mask first because it is the easiest to use and seldom leakage Which can be subdivided into 2 types: silicone masks and gel masks
- silicone mask It is a more popular type because it is easy to use, light weight, difficult to leak air. So it doesn't need to be tightened very tightly. The downside is that silicone can leave pressure marks more easily. And some people may be allergic to cause a rash.
- The gel mask There is an advantage that the gel is softer than silicone. Rarely causes pressure marks even when tightly tightened and users rarely lose The disadvantage is that it weighs more. and more likely to cause air leaks Therefore, the use of the mask must be tightened, which can be uncomfortable. In addition, the gel part tends to have a shorter lifetime than the silicone part. When used for about 8-10 months, there are often problems with the gel being torn and the gel leaking out.
2. If you can't use a nose cover or skilled Choose a nasal mask.
If you can't use a mask that covers your nose, for example, it's very uncomfortable. or have pressure marks around the nose or you have been proficient in using masks for a while and want to change to try a mask that is more comfortable You may consider Nasal mask or pillow mask
The advantage is that this kind of mask willIt has the most comfortable feeling of use. least uncomfortable because there is no pressure on our face or very little The disadvantage isIt often causes air leaks easily. especially at high wind pressure And some people may feel irritation around the tip of the nostrils.
or if you are not used to wearing a mask while sleeping It might be easy to accidentally brush it off with your hand. Because this type of mask is not as tight as a mask that covers only the nose.
3. If you sleep with your mouth open, choose a mask that covers both your mouth and nose.
If we mainly breathe through the mouth or as a personsleep with mouth open I would recommend using it as Full face mask covering mouth and nose which has both silicone and gel forms as well as the nose type The advantage is to solve the problem of air pressure leaking from the mouth. The disadvantage isUsers tend to experience dry throat. And may cause wind to flow into the stomach, causing flatulence.
Other special edition masks that are not classified in the 3 standard types above
Nowadays, there are masks that are newly designed. which is not classified in the standard 3 masks above There will be a silicone part under the nose only (Under the Nose Mask), the first one is
This version of the mask is made entirely of silicone. There is no plastic frame at all. I have tried it myself. In my opinion this is the most comfortable mask out of all the masks. Because there is no pressing part around the nose or pressing on the forehead
The only drawback is that when sleeping on the side, the mask tends to shift away from the nostrils. and can cause wind leakage But if you sleep mostly on your back I recommend this mask.
Philips has released a new generation of masks. It is an extension of the development of the mask. DreamWear Under the Nose (UtN) andWisp Nasal Mask combining the advantages and strengths of both models together become a mask model DreamWisp Nasal Mask
This mask takes advantage of the DreamWear UtN mask, which is designed to have the end of the tube on the top of the head. To reduce the strain on the air ducts while sleeping And bring the advantages of the Wisp model, that is, it is a nose cover, so it can be tightened, can sleep on the side without air leakage
Choosing a mask size
Some masks come with all sizes of silicone nose or mouth covers, such as the DreamWear UtN or Wisp, but some are sold separately, such as the Pico or DreamWisp etc.
If you are unsure of the size Can let our staff recommend it. By having you measure your nose size as shown in the picture below and send it to Line: @nksleepcare yes